All city workers in Arkansas Delta town laid off

January 11, 2010 ALTHEIMER (AP) — Residents wanting to conduct city business in the town of Altheimer will have to wait a while. Nobody is on the city payroll at the moment, Mayor Donald Robinson says.Robinson said Saturday that a dispute with the Internal Revenue Service had resulted in the layoffs, which he said would be temporary and he hopes to bring them back “early next week.” The layoffs include the police chief in the town of about 1,200 people, plus three part-time patrol officers.

Independence County Quorum court to meet

January 11, 2010 The Independence County Quorum Court will meet in regular session at 6 tonight in the juvenile courtroom on the second floor of the Independence County Library building at Third and Main streets in Batesville.Tonight’s agenda will include a resolution authorizing County Judge Bill Hicks to submit an application to the Arkansas Economic Development Commission for a community development project.Also scheduled are departmental reports from the county sheriff, treasurer and juvenile detention.

Batesville City Council looks at four-year terms for itself

January 11, 2010 The Batesville City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at city hall to consider an ordinance to extend the terms of city alderman to a four-year staggered term. The ordinance would simply put the terms before a vote of the public in November.City Clerk Denise Johnston said that according to the proposed ordinance, those serving in positions 1 for all four wards would have to run again in two years, and those in position 2 would not have to run again for four more years.

Charles P. Jeffery had historical roots to Mount Olive

January 11, 2010 Izard County native Charles P. Jeffery, a direct descendant of one of the White River Valley’s earliest settlers who could trace his lineage to England, died Dec. 16 in Grass Valley, Calif., of natural causes. He was 91.Charles was a descendant of James Jeffery of England, who as a lad in his teens arrived in 1730 in Jamestown, Va., who in 1757 fathered James Jeffery of Virginia who begat Jehoida Jeffery and the succeeding male line of Jefferys who helped pioneer Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Illinois — all emblematic of the greatness that was to come to America.

Woman still thankful

January 11, 2010 BETHESDA — Fire destroyed a Bethesda home Thursday morning. Nancy Marshell, who lives alone, said a noise alerted her to the fire in a back bedroom of her home around 10:30 a.m.“I was in the kitchen at the other end of the house when I heard a popping sound and went to see about it,” Marshell said. “I saw smoke coming over the top of the closed door. When I opened the door I could see flames and I slammed it shut and called 911.

Warrants issued

January 11, 2010 ASH FLAT — Bench warrants have been issued for two Hardy residents accused of making methamphetamine in an apartment there, Sharp County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Mark Counts said this morning.The two need to turn themselves in, he said.P.J. Carl Dunkel, 26, and Cheri Lynn Lamb, 25, are both being charged in Sharp County Circuit Court with manufacture of a controlled substance, a class Y felony, Counts said. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of either is asked to call the sheriff’s office at (870) 994-7356.

Upgrade has ‘potential’

January 11, 2010 The city of Batesville has upgraded its computer system, a move that officials hope will improve customer service.The first floor of city hall was closed Thursday morning, although customers could still drop off payments in the night deposit box on the building’s exterior. The upgrade was estimated to take about three to four hours and temporarily shut down those departments that use the system, including the utility, code enforcement and accounting. Other departments were not affected.

Doc charged in bombing pleaded for script rights

January 8, 2010 LITTLE ROCK (AP) — A doctor accused of setting off a bomb that severely wounded the head of the state medical board had pleaded with the panel to reinstate his permit to prescribe narcotics, saying he was unfairly targeted and that his life and business had gone downhill as a result of their decision.Dr. Randeep Mann’s correspondence with the Arkansas State Medical Board reveals a physician who believed he was unfairly blamed for the deaths of 10 patients who overdosed after “mishandling prescriptions” for powerful painkillers.

Fahr named publisher

January 8, 2010 CONWAY (AP) — Rick Fahr, the acting publisher of the Log Cabin Democrat, has been named as the paper’s new publisher.Morris Communications president William S. Morris IV announced Thursday that Fahr succeeds Scot Morrissey, who was named publisher of the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald in 2008. Morris Communications owns both newspapers.The 39-year-old Fahr joined the Log Cabin as editor in May 2007. He has continued in that role while also serving as acting publisher.

News of other days

January 8, 2010 Editor’s note: This column ran previously in the Guard on Jan. 24, 1997.